Chicago book news: Local authors named PEN judges
PEN American Center recently announced Rich Cohen, Cristina Henríquez,Adam Rapp and Mark Slouka will judge for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards. Cohen, who grew up on the North Shore, will be one of the judges for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Henríquez, who lives in Hinsdale, will judge the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize. Rapp, who grew up in Joliet, will judge the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Awards. Slouka, a former professor at the University of Chicago, will judge the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.
“Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe” by Jane Morocco was published by Arcadia March 9. The Images of America book explores the history of River Forest’s Trailside Museum of Natural History and curator Virginia Moe, who worked at Trailside for more than 50 years.
Edward Hamlin and Charles Haverty were announced as winners of the 2015 Iowa Short Fiction Awards by the University of Iowa Press. Hamlin, an Algren Award finalist who most recently appeared in Printers Row Fiction on Dec. 21 with “Save Mary,” is the winner of the 2015 Iowa Short Fiction Award for his collection “Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories.” Haverty, who grew up in DuPage County, received the 2015 John Simmons Short Fiction Award for “Excommunicados.”
“From the Heart: A Journey of Love” by Hadel S. Ma’ayeh was published by Hope and Life last October. “From the Heart” is a collection of 56 poems, 14 haikus and more sayings written by Ma’ayeh. Ma’ayeh was born and raised in Mundelein and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Milked” by Lisa Doyle was published by Simon and Fig Nov. 21. In the novel, a 30-year-old single mother takes a job as a wet nurse for the offspring of Chicago’s elite. Doyle lives in the Chicago area.
Recently self-published: “Almost Me, Almost You,” by E.M. McNulty and “Chicago” by Felipe Almeida.